“MERRY CHRISTMAS” RETURNS; CULTURE WAR CONTINUES

Catalyst December Issue 2006, Front Page

The culture war over Christmas got off to a flying start in November when Wal-Mart and other department stores said they would invoke “Merry Christmas” this year instead of the secular greeting “Happy Holidays.” Everyone credited the Catholic League with the turnaround, save, of course, for Bill O’Reilly who once again... [Read more...]

POPE VISITS TURKEY

Catalyst December Issue 2006, Front Page

Pope Benedict XVI got a bad rap in September from those who tried to paint his speech in Germany as anti-Islam. That is why his trip to Turkey, a mostly Muslim nation that is nominally secular, is so historic. To be sure, the pope has grave reservations about the readiness of Turkey to join the European Union, but he is not a foe of any world religion. One... [Read more...]

DEMANDING RESPECT

Catalyst December Issue 2006, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, was famous for his one-liner, “I don’t get no respect.” If many Catholics, and Protestants, feel the same way today—that we don’t get the respect we’re due—it may be time to look inwards and ask why. Jews and Muslims get respect. Why? Because Jews, having been... [Read more...]

TWILIGHT OF THE SCANDAL

Catalyst December Issue 2006, Essay

By Kiera McCaffrey The Catholic League would never defend the indefensible. That is why we praised the media for putting the spotlight on the Church’s sex-abuse scandal in 2002. Without journalists breaking the story, the Church may have been slower to clean house and a greater number of adolescents may have been harmed. Similarly, we have never... [Read more...]

DENVER ARCHDIOCESE HIT BY WITCH HUNT

Catalyst December Issue 2006

On November 2, five organizations, including Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Voice of the Faithful, held a news conference in Denver demanding that the Denver Archdiocese release “all church documents relating to clergy sex abuse.” Those who made this absurd demand blew their credibility and should be dismissed as... [Read more...]

GREEN BAY JUDGE SMEARED BY BIGOTS

Catalyst December Issue 2006

On November 6, Green Bay Judge Mark Warpinski refused to recuse himself from a case involving a lawsuit against the Diocese of Green Bay. The civil case involves sexual molestation committed 18 years ago by a priest who is in prison. Attorney Jeffrey Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, filed a motion, demanding that Judge Warpinski step down because a)... [Read more...]

“ROCKET MAN” CRASHES

Catalyst December Issue 2006

There are few entertainers in the world as gifted as Elton John, and few who are as confused. The “Rocket Man” really went off the deep end in November when he confessed that if he had things his way, “I would ban religion completely.” John, a practicing homosexual, admitted that “there are so many people I know who are... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC LEAGUE POLL:

Catalyst December Issue 2006

SHOULD ORTHODOX JEWS BE ALLOWED TO EAT HAM SANDWICHES? SHOULD MUSLIM WOMEN BE ALLOWED TO WEAR MINI SKIRTS? On November 15, Bill Donohue announced why he was launching this poll: On the ABC website for “Good Morning America,” a poll is being taken that asks, “Should Catholic Priests Be Allowed to Marry?” This is a great idea—Catholics... [Read more...]

WE’VE GOT CLOUT

Catalyst December Issue 2006

When a shopper in a Macy’s store in Queens, New York sought to purchase a Christmas gift card, she was dismayed to learn that none were available. While she could buy a card reading “Happy Hanukkah,” there was nothing to represent this major Christian holiday. The shopper, however, didn’t just shrug and buy one of the available... [Read more...]

MISSOURIANS DECEIVED ON CLONING INITIATIVE

Catalyst December Issue 2006

On November 7, Missouri voters amended their state constitution to protect all forms of stem cell research that are legal under federal law. The Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, Amendment 2, passed by the slimmest of majorities, with 51 percent of Missouri voters favoring it. What triggered a big debate was whether human cloning would... [Read more...]

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